2016 TA Orientation
Every fall during the week before classes begin, the Kaneb Center offers a two-day orientation to all graduate students who are serving as a TA or preparing to teach their own course.
TAs who attend this event will be well prepared for their first interactions with students, dealing with common teaching dilemmas, leading class sessions, and grading student work. This event is highly recommended for all new graduate TAs and is also open to returning TAs, postdocs, and other interested graduate students.
By participating in the TA Orientation, TAs will:
- be prepared for a successful start to their semester.
- be introduced to strategies for successful TAing.
- connect with other TAs and those who can assist them with their teaching.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, August 18; DeBartolo Hall Room 155
12:45 p.m. Registration
1:00 Welcome, introductions, overview of the TA role
1:30 Before the first day, part I
2:30 Coffee break
2:45 Before the first day, part II
3:15 Understanding the Notre Dame Student part I
3:45 Understanding the Notre Dame Student part II - Panel Discussion
Friday, August 19; DeBartolo Hall Rooms 155, 129, and 138
8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 Welcome: Teaching Personas & the First Day of Class
9:35 Breakout Sessions: Grading
10:50 Breakout Sessions Continued:
Leading Effective Discussions
-- Geared toward Arts & Letters TAs and others who use discussion
Leading Effective Labs and Tutorials
-- Geared toward Science and Engineering TAs
12:00 Orientation ends
- Resources (PDF, 55 KB)
- Policy Sheet (PDF, 439 KB)
- Grading Guidelines (PDF, 351 KB)
- Humanities/Social Sciences Grading Handout (PDF, 412 KB)
- STEM Grading Handout (PDF, 525 KB)
- Promoting Student Preparedness and Better Discussions -DellaNeva (2016)